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New York Rangers NYR 0 1 3 4
21 SHOTS 31
20 FACEOFFS 27
14 HITS 15
28 PIM 24
0/1 PP 0/3
3 GIVEAWAYS 3
3 TAKEAWAYS 4
14 BLOCKED SHOTS 6
       

Rangers put away Devils with three-goal third period

Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 9:42 PM

2011-12 Game No. 31; Road Game No. 18 Rangers' Record: 19-8-4
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Marian Gaborik snapped a third-period tie with the first of his two goals and then sealed the Rangers' win with an empty-netter as the Blueshirts beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Gaborik, who reached 600 NHL points with his first goal, also helped set up Artem Anisimov's second-period tally that tied the game 1-1. The Rangers (20-9-4) won their second straight and broke the Devils' four-game winning streak in the first of six meetings between Atlantic Division rivals.

Anisimov also had an assist, Carl Hagelin added a short-handed goal, and Derek Stepan chipped in two assists for the Rangers.

Travis Zajac's first goal of the season gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period. New Jersey was without leading scorer Patrik Elias, who sat out because of an illness.

Anisimov tied it with his seventh goal with 2:30 left in the second period and Gaborik broke the deadlock 4:45 into the third after Anisimov sent a backhanded shot off the post that trickled behind goalie Martin Brodeur. Gaborik alertly knocked the rebound past Brodeur.

Hagelin made it 3-1 with 5:18 remaining, the fourth goal in 13 games for the rookie left wing. Gaborik closed the scoring with 3 seconds left, netting his 19th goal -- one shy of the NHL lead.

Henrik Lundqvist continued his mastery over New Jersey, winning for the 23rd time in 37 games with a 1.85 goals-against average. Lundqvist made 30 saves for his 13th win of the season.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist raised his record in head-to-head games against Martin Brodeur to an astounding 21-5-5. Brodeur is the winningest goaltender in NHL history, but Lundqvist has had his number for most of the past seven seasons.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Lundqvist 2. Anisimov 3. Hagelin


THE BIGGER PICTURE
It is almost certain that the Rangers' game against the Flyers on Friday night at The Garden will be a game played for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers have not led the Atlantic Division this late in the regular season in nearly three years (1/5/09).
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (29:09)
Shots -- Anisimov (4)
Hits -- Callahan (4)
Blocks -- McDonagh (5)
Takeaways -- Three players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Richards (17)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT NEW JERSEY
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Ruslan Fedotenko Mike Rupp Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Tim Erixon Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Fedotenko, Rupp, Prust.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mike Rupp Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Artem Anisimov
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Carl Hagelin Brandon Dubinsky
Anisimov/Fedotenko Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Stralman/Bickel
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